It was a retiring group which attended a recent meeting of the Sylvania Township trustees. No, they weren’t shy and quiet but they were leaving their current positions and had come to the meeting to be recognized for jobs well done.

One of those attending was still on the clock, John Zeitler, township administrator, though he sat in the audience rather than his usual post of an office chair against the south wall of the meeting room.

John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, thanked Mr. Zeitler for saying “we appreciate everything you’ve done” in nearly 9 years as administrator of the township. Mr. Crandall also noted that before coming to the township, Mr. Zeitler had spent about 30 years in the Lucas County finance department, the last 26 as director of the office of management and budget.

He noted and praised the nearly 40 years of public service.

Mr. Zeitler said, “It’s been an honor and a pleasure,” and added, “Thank you for the opportunity.”

He won’t leave the public sector entirely. Mr. Zeitler intends to remain on the board of The Olander Park System.

The board also recognized the retirement of Gary Cruthers after 25 years with the township road department. Mr. Cruthers is retiring as head of the service department which is charged with keeping everything running, from huge fire engines to lawn edgers.

Rob Nash, road superintendent,  credited Mr. Cruthers with being helpful to fellow employees including himself when he started in the department.

He pointed out the complexity of the work and credited Mr. Cruthers for keeping the operation running smoothly.

The trustees veered away from honoring employees, by recognizing the efforts of Deb Chaney who is retiring as the executive director of the Sylvania Community Action Team.

She was recognized for establishing a long-running program which attempts to underline the negative effects of alcohol and other drugs, particularly on children.

She thanked the township for being one of the founding entities establishing SCAT and for continuing to support the organization.  Ms. Chaney has led SCAT for 20 years.


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Posted: June 27, 2019

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